Men and women with sagging abdominal skin that do not respond to diet and exercise, but who have smooth body contours, are candidates for this surgery. This surgery is especially beneficial for women who have given birth several times, have cracked and sagging abdominal skin, and weakened abdominal muscles. Patients who intend to lose weight should postpone this surgery. It is also beneficial for women who intend to give birth to postpone this surgery until after the birth.
FULL Tummy tuck (ABOMINOPLASTY)
PARTIAL Abdominoplasty (MINI-ABOMINOPLASTY)
Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure in which excess fat and sagging skin tissue in the middle and lower abdomen are removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened by stretching, it is not a treatment for obesity. Obese people should lose as much weight as they can before this surgery. With this surgery, the appearance of the fat belly and abdomen improves dramatically; however, the scar due to the surgery is permanent. There are many techniques used by plastic surgeons for abdominoplasty. Abdominoplasty can also be performed in conjunction with body contouring (aesthetic breast surgery, liposuction, etc.) or some other surgeries (uterus, ovarian surgeries, etc.).
Complete or partial abdominoplasty operations are performed under hospital conditions. Full abdominoplasty may take 2-5 hours, partial abdominoplasty 1-2 hours depending on the extent of the surgery. An incision line that extends from one hip to the opposite hip but can be hidden in a swimsuit and a second round incision around the navel is often required. If there is a weakness or hernia in the abdominal muscles, this place is reinforced, the excess skin is cut and removed from the body. These procedures performed in mini-abdominoplasty are more limited. After the operation, the wound is closed with either metal clamps or a single or hidden (intradermic) suture and covered with dressings.
In the first few days, there may be swelling in the abdomen and pain that can be controlled with painkillers. Drains are removed after 1-3 days on average, and stitches after 1-3 weeks. On average, you need to stay in the hospital for 1-3 days. It may take a few months for you to feel the same as before. You can return to work after 2-4 weeks. The scar may seem to worsen in the first 3-6 months, but this is normal, it may take 9 months to 1 year for the scars to flatten and fade.